Eight out of ten Nepalese depend on farming. However, the agroecological conditions, especially in the foothills of the Himalayas, are challenging. In recent years, ICRISAT's research has focused on crop improvement, especially in legumes like chickpea, and better farming practices to boost small farm productivity. Better linkages to markets and nurturing agribusiness are also an ongoing field of collaboration with the Nepalese research and development community.

89% - Farms in Nepal that are uneconomical (Bourai et al.)

62% - Fall in chickpea area in Nepal (1995- 2010) due to pod borer, botrytis and other pests (Croplife Foundation, 2012)

3.46 t/ha - Maximum yield of chickpea variety Kalika in Nepal under irrigation compared to the current average yield of 600 kg/ha (ref: ICCV 82108)

90% - Pigeonpea area in Dang district of Nepal planted with sterility mosaic- and wilt-resistant variety ICP 7035 (IFAD 954 final report)

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